Kobe Bryant’s entire professional basketball career of 20 years has been nothing short of historic and it was shocking for many when he made the announcement that he would be retiring from the sport. Whispers about Kobe’s impending retirement had been heard for months, but it still ultimately seemed like the retirement came rather unexpectedly, so much so that even his own coach was shocked. Jordan Brand paid homage to the Black Mamba and his illustrious career by introducing an exclusive Air Jordan Kobe Pack. Now they are back with a more general release, which also appears to be a nod to Kobe and the Air Jordan 9.
Certainly, Kobe Bryant must have received countless gifts upon his retirement, but it is unlikely any of them were as awesome and unique as the one from Snoop Dogg. Kobe represented the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons before retiring from the sport back in April of this year. Kobe Bryant recently shared a photo on his Twitter account (@kobebryant) of the “Unbelievable retirement gift” Snoop gave to him, a ’67 Pontiac dressed up in the Gold and Purple official team colors of the L. A. Lakers. The car hood features Kobe himself with other legendary former members of the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant is one of those few NBA athletes who have played for a single team throughout their entire careers. Therefore, sneakerheads could have guessed what colors the Air Jordan 9 featured here would have been dressed up in even if the photos above were not accompanying this post. The premium leather uppers of this sneaker are predominantly clean White, while the signature patent leather overlays of this model are covered in a bold Purple hue. This Purple hue also appears over the entire collar sections, its midsoles and its rear portions. Last but not least, the mini Jumpman logo that is visible over its heels is covered in Metallic Gold.
This probably seems more like a gift to Jordanheads, yet it is also evidence that Jordan Brand has not forgotten the Black Mamba and it is likely he will continue to be remembered for long to come. So far, there have been no clues whether or not this Lakers-inspired Air Jordan 9 will be among 2016’s Air Jordan releases, so stay tuned.
Air Jordan 9 “Kobe Bryant” PE
Release Date：November, 2016